Pretty Lights w/ FULL BAND!!! @ Aragon Ballroom

Derek Vincent Smith of Pretty Lights Music has been a very busy man this past year.  He is just coming off of, arguably, one of the biggest electronic album releases of the century.  His 2013 masterpiece called "A Color Map of the Sun" was just released on July 2, 2013 and is already spreading like wild fire.  What is so unique about the album is the way it was made.  Rather than crate digging for samples to put his signature twist on, Smith enlisted a gaggle of session musicians to record the ideas that were in his head.  The result, was a carefully planned, skillfully executed collection of 20 original vinyl recordings.  The collection is comprised of original works by Smith that fall under the Jazz, Soul, and Funk genres that he is so used to sampling to create his signature sound.  Smith then used those 20 LP's to slice and dice and add some new aged flavor in order to create the extremely original album, "A Color Map of the Sun".  This is a relatively new way to approach creating electronic dance music and I believe it has added back the soul that EDM has been missing.  It has been confirmed through several tour dates, an alluding performance on a Conan O'Brian appearance, and a newly leaked photo, that Pretty Lights is now enlisting a live band to support his touring act.  Chicagoans can get their first taste of this delicious new setup on the weekend of November 8th, and 9th, when Pretty Lights throws down at the Aragon Ballroom.  Get your tickets from Silver Wrapper Ticketing now cause they won't last long.     

FREE Listen and download "A Color Map of the Sun" HERE

Watch "The Making of A Color Map of The Sun Documentary" Here. 

Get your tickets to the Aragon Performance HERE

The new stage setup for Pretty Lights and his band!

Fresh Collab // Harmony City Electro Vol. 4

The Pittsburgh, PA based electronic music collective Harmony City, is at it again.  This time the crew is dropping their 4th installment of the Electro Mixtape collection.  Vol. 4 is an eclectic representation of underground electronic music today in the US.  The mixtape features artists from all over the united states, of many different styles and influences.  You will find bangers from the likes of Why? So,  Jim Tronic,  Tiger Dinosaur, and many more.  We are also proud to announce that your very own LWKY has 2 brand new tracks featured on the mixtape!  These new tracks mark a creative shift for Lowkey as a group and we can't wait to hear what you all think of the new tunes.  You can peep our new tracks below, as well as the entire mixtape via the Harmony City SoundCloud.      

LWKY Signs 2 Tracks To The Harmony City Mixtape

The hard work is finally beginning to pay off for the LWKY gang!  I am proud to announce that LWKY will be releasing two brand new tracks on August 13th, 2013 under the Pittsburgh based electronic music collective Harmony City.  The tracks will be included on a compilation Mixtape showcasing some of the best underground electronic artist from all over the country.  In the next couple of weeks leading up to the release, we will be featuring a few talented individuals that make up the backbone of Harmony City.  Usually we try to showcase artists on the LWKY Blog that are making their way in the Chicago area, but for the special occasion we are going to spotlight some artist from across the map to bring some cohesion to the Mixtape.  Keep an eye out for the upcoming Harmony City artist profiles and of course watch for the Harmony City Electro Mixtape Vol. 4 dropping August 13th, 2013.  If you can't wait to see what these guys are about....

Check out their last release: 

Electro Mixtape Vol. 3.

Stereo Genius

Chicago's new wave jazz outfit, Stereo Genius have a searing new EP for you via their Soundcloud.  Miracle Year is about as smooth as smooth gets, diving into neo-Herbie Hancock jams in every track.  With its creator/leader Justin Boyd at the core on the drums, the live band gives relentless stabs that could potentially drop the jaw.  The nineteen minute EP is your new paradise of groove.  


Har Mar Superstar's Podcast - Will it Change the World?

Okay...that might be a bit of a stretch.  But maybe.  The importance of a musical artist's veiled-mysique has long been a key factor in the appeal of any famous musician.  We desire so badly to know the man or woman behind the lyrics & emotion - yet the tinted glass between listener and artist is exactly what allows us to identify with music itself.  For example, some may find it difficult to go to a Tom Cruise movie and actually be affected by the mood of the piece.  Your brain is recognizing the man as the celebrity, not the character.  For the longest time, the musician was home free of this burden, as the music speaks for itself.  Since the days of Twitter & Facebook have taken a strong hold on music promotion, anonymity in the musical medium is virtually gone.

Alas, in the words of Sam Cooke, "A change is gonna come".  Still, this doesn't have to be a detrimental thing.  I give you Har Mar Superstar's brilliant podcast: Nocturnal Emotions.  Here we see a 21st century musician, opening the inevitable drop of the curtain in a style all his own.  Usually podcasting has been regulated to comedians, political thinkers, and other people who talk for a living; Nocturnal Emotions gives us a tempered insight into the mind of Har Mar, without giving up his credibility, only slowly letting us on to his true identity.  Its light hearted tone & unique guest line up make it more than just about Har Mar's antics and music.  Musicians take note: this is the way to do your social media.  I predict many more famous music artists taking Har Mar's lead and following suit.

Listen to his podcast here.  (If I may make a suggestion - start with #1 Macaulay Culkin.  It might be my favorite one of the bunch).